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    changed my mind on 357

    I have been wanting to get my hands on a ruger sp101 3in for over a year now, but i just went to the local gun show and held a s&w 686 4in barrel and loved it. now I cant make up my mind. I know the 101 in 3 inch would be just about as big of a gun that iI would carry but still could, and if I went with the 4in. s&w then it would only be a range and home defence gun. i already carry a s&w mp fullsize no problem just wanted another gun. so im thinking hard but cant make up my mind, both are great guns the smith is 2-3 hundred $'s more but i could get it in the 7 round model but then I will not be able to conceal carry, the ruger from what I have read is built stronger and if I work on the triger I can make it just as smoth as the smith or even smoother. what would you pick and why?

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    It sounds as if you have answered it already..if you want a carry gun...the Ruger, if you want a range gun, the Smith. The good part is that whichever you choose, they are both great guns. As for the extra inch, a good holster will take care of that with not much problem.
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    wow---randomly....
    3" for carry , yes; 4 is a bit much in a revolver
    S&W for range & home defense is matching the item to the needs very well
    but a 3" is not bad either at home though perhaps not so much fun at the range
    I'm shy about messing with anything to do with a SD gun. or have it done by a pro and even than it may
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    the Smith is more cause (in this case) its a better made gun in the trigger/action arena.
    both are = in reliability

    have you shot both?
    and which likes you better??

    also--unless you re-load likely you will be shooting mostly 38's
    id be concerned which gun handles accuracy better with them.
    357's even home grown cost 30 cents each as to 38's ( and 38+p) at 12 cents each
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    If you like the 686+ don't rule out the one with the 2.5" barrel using a Hogue bantam grip for carry. Not a light weight gun for sure but entirely possible to conceal and comforting to have at your side.
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    If you already have range and house guns, there's nothing better to throw in the pocket for a quick trip than the SP-101. They're not all that bad to shoot, either, even w/o trigger work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp View Post
    If you already have range and house guns, there's nothing better to throw in the pocket for a quick trip than the SP-101. They're not all that bad to shoot, either, even w/o trigger work.
    Errrr...isn't the SP101 a bit heavy for pocket carry?
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    For carry, the 3" SP101 would be my choice. It is a great revolver.

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    You want to carry it concealed? This one. Nuff said.


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    I would go with the ruger. I am a die hard Smith guy but the SP-101 has my heart, I own two Smiths and have owned two others I sold to finance other projects. I also own a Security Six, and it is more rugged, more solid, and a bit easier on my hip than my full size smith. Granted my big smith is an N frame, but still. I should say go with a smith, but seeing as how I have been lusting and drooling over an SP-101 for months now I think that would be the better buy.
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    For me, it would be the Ruger SP 101 but you can't go wrong with a S&W revolver either. The Ruger SP101 is built like a tank, yes the trigger might not be as good as the S&W but that can be fixed. The key to me is the .357 mag I feel like it is the best carry round you can have. I carry a .357 revolver and prefer it over a auto, I know 99.9% of the time when the trigger is pulled it will go bang.

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    I chose the SP101 in 3 inch with a Hogue monogrip. It conceals well in a Fist #9 or a Supertuck.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I have a 2" SP101 and a 4" Police Service Six. The SP101 is more versatile and gets used much more often for me. The 3" version would be ideal for just about any use.
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    Well, FWIW, wearing my 3.06" SP101 in a Milt Sparks PMK, aT 0300-0330, and a second SP101, with a 2.25" barrel, in a Kramer pocket holster, I can fall asleep in this recliner, and wake up hours later, with no discomfort. I can certainly carry a 4" sixgun comfortably, in a concealable rig, up to and including N-frame in size, but I will not want to wear it while sitting in a recliner for very long; normal chair, OK, but not this recliner.

    I love both the SP101, and medium/large-framed .357 sixguns, but they are different guns for different roles. I want to have both types. It is not an either/or thing, for me. The SP101 can be an always-everywhere gun, and the medium/large sixgun is for long range sessions, and for when trouble is anticipated, or I just want to be prepared for a wider range of scenarios.
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    SP 101 3" - absolutely love mine. I can shoot five shot groups inside of a quarter @ 10 yrds (admittedly, this is shooting SA) - I don't have that type of accuracy with any of my other carry semi-autos. It is managable with DA shooting .357 mag too (though I wouldn't want to shoot them all day like I would in a S&W 686 or Ruger Gp100.) Either way, they are both excellent firearms - The SP 101 melts away in an IWB holster & is quite comfy to carry + it is a real reasonable price for such a fine revolver. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    If you like the 686+ don't rule out the one with the 2.5" barrel using a Hogue bantam grip for carry. Not a light weight gun for sure but entirely possible to conceal and comforting to have at your side.
    Now that is a kick a$$ 686 !

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